Grants and Events

Our Town Grant Application Deadline August 6

Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts’ creative placemaking grant program. These grants support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. Projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Cost share/matching grants range from $25,000 to $150,000, with a minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount.

NH BEA Launches Open NH

The Department of Business and Economic Affairs (BEA) has just announced the launch of the Open NH website. With residents and visitors eager to find places to go and things to see and do, the Open NH website will provide a comprehensive database of businesses that are open and services that are currently available. We encourage all tourism businesses to sign up for a free listing to let visitors know that you are open and ready to welcome them back. To create your listing on Open NH, please click here. It takes just a minute to set up a new account and you can login and update your information at any time. If you have any questions contact

July 31, 10am. Creating Access for People with Disabilities

2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, yet few realize that access to the arts is a disability right. The vast majority of people with disabilities seldom have an opportunity to enjoy or participate in the arts. As the arts transition to using virtual platforms, this can mean either greater inclusion or greater exclusion for people with disabilities. The Inclusive Creativity webinar will teach how the arts and culture sector can provide a creative outlet in an accessible and inclusive way. Hosted by the New England Foundation for the Arts. Click here to register.

August 18, 25 and September 1, 2:00-3:30pm. Whose Public? Planning and Placemaking for Welcoming Public Spaces

Series of three presentations addressing spatial justice and designing and activating public spaces. The presentations will:

  • Share key concepts and practices that are used in public art initiatives to improve arts and culture literacy and bridge the gaps between funders, artists, and planners.
  • Facilitate connections between planners and creative practitioners who have the skills to contribute to municipal planning and community development projects.
  • Build cohesion among artists, arts administrators, and municipal planners, and seed cross-sector relationships that can advance creative community development.

Hosted by the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. Click here to register.

August 25, 1pm. Rural Design for a New Future
How are small communities adopting to a global pandemic and the calls for racial equity? Join Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design for a continued conversation in the Rural Design Webinar Series featuring speakers working on affordable housing in the rural south, entrepreneurship among Native American tribes, and the CIRD-led initiative to renovate a black church in Ohio’s Appalachian foothills. Register here. To view previous rural design presentations, click here.